On this day in 1950 Roger Hodgson – songwriter, singer and musician of Supertramp fame – was born in Portsmouth.
The son of a lieutenant-commander in the navy, his first guitar was a parting gift from his father at the age of 12 when his parents divorced. He was brought up in Oxford and boarded at Stowe School.
Hodgson co-founded the band in 1969 and was the writer of most of their hits which feature his distinctive high-pitched voice, including The Logical Song, Dreamer, Give a Little Bit and Breakfast in America. His lyrics often have a spiritual or philosophical theme.
The band’s first success was the album Crime of the Century, released in 1974, followed by Crisis What Crisis? and Even in the Quietest Moments.
In 1979 they released their most successful album, Breakfast in America, which sold more than 20 million copies.
Hodgson left the band in 1983 to spend more time with his family in California – from John Sadden’s the Portsmouth Book of Days.